Here’s a sad bit of news I got from Popwatch:
Disney Theatrical has just announced it is shuttering its production of Beauty and the Beast on July 29 to make room for a stage production of The Little Mermaid. Amazingly, Beauty — which was slaughtered by critics but adored by tourists — will have played 5,464 performances, making it the sixth-longest-running show in Broadway history. (It’s also given Broadway exposure to such performers as Toni Braxton, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Deborah Gibson, and Donny Osmond — that’s him as Gaston, in the center.)
I saw Beauty and the Beast on Broadway three times in the mid-1990’s, and I saw it when the company came to Boise as well. Bought my kids and grandkids tickets to that one. I can’t help but find it sad that should I get to return to NYC, it won’t be one of my play options.
And I never would have guessed it was over 12 years ago when I saw it for the first time. Good grief!